Adrian Marsh chairs Working at Height seminar at SHE
Campbell Marsh’s founder and executive director, Adrian JG Marsh, chaired a Safety and Health Expo seminar at Excel last month that debated issues surrounding Working at Height.
More than 100 delegates listened as Adrian introduced the topic by explaining that in most cases accidents occurring while Working at Height are needless and could be prevented. By proper planning to ensure that effective preventative and protective measures are in place; such as edge protection, harness use or just simple barriers built to the correct standard.
In the workplace 7% of non-fatal injuries result from a fall from height. However, 26% of fatal accidents are the result of falls from height. Half of all fall from height deaths over the last five years were in the construction
In the Construction industry alone, every year approximately 20% non-fatal workplace injuries are falls from height.
In the Agricultural sector and the Transport and Storage sector 11% of non-fatal workplace injuries were a fall from height.
Adrian asked why does construction have double the incidents of the agriculture and transport sector?
The panel discussed the range of roles and responsibilities that clients and contractors need to consider when people work at height. The debate focused on how organisations can prevent serious injury and deaths when working at height. It found three areas which could help prevent injuries and fatalities from work at height: pre-planning of tasks will prevent problems; having the right technology in place; having the right data to get a better understanding of what is going wrong and why.
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